Swann bats for Jordan

Swann bats for Jordan

Former England spinner Graeme Swann says West Indian all-rounder Chris Jordan should be in England’s starting XI for the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Jordan took five for 29 in England’s 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Wednesday’s third one-day international at Old Trafford, reports CMC.

“A 1,000 percent yes,” declared Swann on BBC Radio 5 live. “He looks ready-made for international cricket.”

The Sussex seamer, playing only his 11th ODI, was named man-of-the-match for the second time in the series.

England dismissed Sri Lanka for 67, then chased down the target in 12.1 overs to move 2-1 ahead in the five-match series. “He’s put both his hands up in the air,” said Swann who took 255 Test and 79 one-day wickets for England.

“He looks confident, he looks buoyant and vibrant. He’s a definite candidate for that first 11.”

Jordan said his team was determined to make amends after suffering its heaviest home defeat in one-day internationals on Sunday.

England were bowled out for 99 as they were beaten by 157 runs in the second ODI. “After Durham, we had a really good chat as a team. We were hurting, not just because we got beat but the manner in which we were beaten,” said Jordan.